As of today, ILO Convention 190 is a reality.

The Convention, which was adopted in June 2019 during the International Labour Convention, was put into effect today with the second ratification of a member state. Fiji joins Uruguay in being the two first countries to adopt the Convention. This adoption of the Convention means that from June 2021, Convention 190 becomes an effective tool to protect workers from violence and harassment in the world of work.

“As the coronavirus pandemic increases violence against women, it is more important than ever for countries to ratify the Convention. As governments focus efforts on managing the impacts of the global health crisis, ending violence and harassment cannot be allowed to slip down the priority list. We will continue to push with our affiliates for ratification of the Convention by as many countries as possible – and there is nothing to stop this tool being implemented now, ratified or not,” said Veronica Fernandez Mendez, Head of UNI Equal Opportunities.

To support the work of affiliated unions on the ground in lobbying governments for the ratification of the Convention and the Recommendation, UNI has joined forces with other Global Union Federations under the slogan #itcanchangelives.

Learn more about UNI’s efforts here: